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Council grants charity’s wish to stay

Test Valley Borough Council has awarded a further £4k grant to Age Concern Hampshire to enable them to continue to deliver services from Town Mill House in Andover.

Age Concern Hampshire provides a range of services including care support, hospital to home, foot care and an information service. Their vision is that getting older should be a positive experience where everyone is respected, valued and able to make informed choices ensuring that independence is maintained and that older people can remain in their own homes and active in their communities.

The funding will go towards keeping the Town Mill office open, ensuring that the valuable information service and foot care services, which have been delivered from Town Mill House for many years, can continue. 

In 2018 the council agreed to contribute £4k per year for up to three years to 2021.

Helen Callen, Age Concern Hampshire CEO, said: “I am extremely pleased that thanks to Test Valley Borough Council’s ongoing support and our amazing volunteers who have both been instrumental in ensuring that we are able to continue to operate from Town Mill House in Andover. I would like to say a big thank you to all those involved.”

Head of community and leisure, Dave Tasker, said: “Age Concern Hampshire provides a valuable service to the area’s older population and this section of our community is expected to grow over the coming years. I am really pleased that this three-year grant continues to help them remain in the town.”